Dinner Tonight: Kelp Noodle Chicken Soup

chicken noodleI cannot get enough of soups lately. Maybe it’s the cold weather, but soup, especially chicken noodle soup, makes me instantly feel better. Actually, studies have shown that a hearty bowl of chicken soup may help you to clear nasal congestion and have a mild anti-inflammatory effect that can help ease cold symptoms.

This soup is twist on the traditional chicken soup. Instead of regular noodles, kelp noodles are used. Kelp noodles are gluten free and a little chewier than regular noodles. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Kelp Noodle Chicken Soup”

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Dinner Tonight: Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts and Apples

sweet potatoesFrom the hectic pace of the holidays to the even more hectic pace of January. Although the holidays were busy, not having to hustle kids from school to sports and activities made meal making a lot easier. Now that we are at a rink or pitch or dance studio most nights, meals have to be simple and healthy and fast.

I am big fan of sheet pan dinners and I have shared one of my main go-tos before. They are quick and can be adapted to whatever you have on hand. This one is colorful, which means it is loaded with antioxidants, not to mention big on fiber and protein! Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts and Apples”

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Dinner Tonight: Sheet Pan Chicken with Vegetables

chicken vegetables

A fellow hockey mom introduced me to sheet pan meals. It sounded too good to be true. A healthy meal with things in your pantry in 30 minutes?! Well, not only is it true, my first attempt at it was delicious and sheet pan dinners have quickly become a much requested meal from everyone!

Roasting, broiling, and baking are nutritious ways to cook too, enhancing foods’ flavors while locking in nutrients that cooking methods such as boiling leach out. And for a busy, busy family, being able to have a healthy homemade meal In 30 minutes or less, with minimal cleanup makes this recipe a winner. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Sheet Pan Chicken with Vegetables”

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Dinner Tonight: Gluten-Free Chicken Fingers

chicken-fingers2Gluten is a protein in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. Eating gluten gives many people symptoms including diarrhea, gas, cramps, bloating, fatigue, headaches and irritability. These symptoms are common to both celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, and they tend to worsen the more gluten we eat.

Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity have been on the rise, with the prevalence of celiac disease doubling in the past 25 years. Celiac disease is a chronic autoimmune disease triggered by consuming gluten, Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Gluten-Free Chicken Fingers”

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Dinner Tonight: My Family’s Chicken Soup

chicken-soupChicken soup isn’t just good for the soul. Experts at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha found evidence the soup contains anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent a cold’s miserable side effects. Although they couldn’t pinpoint the exact biological reason, they did find that eating chicken soup can help prevent cold symptoms.

Here is one of my family’s favorite chicken soup recipes. It is loaded with veggies, herbs and spices and it always makes us all feel better.

Chicken Soup

• 1 whole chicken or a few chicken legs/breasts (whatever you have on hand)
• 6 cups (or more) of water or organic broth (if you are using just the breasts or the thighs)
• 3 celery stalks, chopped
• 3 large carrots, chopped
• 2 medium onions, chopped
• 6 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 bag of fresh or frozen spinach (or you can use kale, bok choy, swiss chard)
• 1 head of broccoli, chopped (fresh or frozen)
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